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Cheviot Hills homestead

Cheviot Hills homestead

This painting by Charles Barraud is of Cheviot Hills – one of the most valuable stations in Canterbury. After the death of the owner, William Robinson, the Crown purchased the property in December 1892. By March 1895, the Crown had subdivided the property and disposed of the land to 320 settlers. The purchase and settlement of Cheviot Hills showed the government’s determination to break up the big estates and make land available for small farmers.

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Pencil and watercolour sketch by Charles Decimus Barraud

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Tony Nightingale, 'Government and agriculture - Land reform and farmer education, 1890s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Tony Nightingale, published 24 Nov 2008